Indiana State University Newsroom

Acclaimed Indian dancer to perform May 8

April 16, 2015

Indiana State University will welcome one of the most sought-after Indian dancers at 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the recital hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the leading performers of Bharatanatyam, a popular classical Indian dance form similar to ballet, and will be stopping in Terre Haute for one night only. Bharatanatyam is derived from two words meaning "expression" and "dance form."

"It's a good opportunity to have someone of that caliber perform here," said Nandini Bhowmick, a lecturer in Indiana State's mathematics and computer science department.

Bhowmick made the arrangements with Vaidyanathan after much interest was expressed in her "Indian Classical Dance" class taught at the university's Community School of the Arts.

Vaidyanathan will be performing a musical ballet "Duality of Life" with four musicians and another dancer.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration among the Community School of the Arts, Center for Global Engagement, the Esha School of Dance and Performing Arts, the Bengali Association of Indiana and the Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Council.


Photos: -- Rama Vaidyanathan -- Rama Vaidyanathan -- Rama Vaidyanathan

Contact: Nandini Bhowmick, lecturer, mathematics and computer science department, Indiana State University, 812-237-2130 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or